Dagstuhl Seminar (2021): Schloss Dagstuhl in Wadern DE

Embodiement | Bodily Extensions | Mobile computing | Wearables

21282 Designing the Human-Machine Symbiosis

Invite-only list of ~25. Organisers: Ellen Yi-Luen Do, Kristina Höök, Pattie Maes, and Florian Mueller.

Schloss Dagstuhl Panorama

Dagstuhl Seminar 20272, 28 June – 3 July 2020 [postponed due to Covid-19]. Rescheduled as Dagstuhl Seminar 21282, Schloss Dagstuhl in Wadern DE July 11 – 16 , 2021.

Our understanding of computers simply executing tasks is changing towards one where the human and machine enter a symbiosis: computers are increasingly extending human capacity by integrating with bodily senses, thanks to sensor and actuator advances as well as enhanced software developments. Wearables, augmented reality, exoskeletons and implantable devices are all emerging trends that mark the beginning of such a human-machine symbiosis. What is still missing, though, is a thorough understanding of how to design such symbiotic user experiences in a systematic way, as, despite the increase of associated systems entering the market, there is a lack of understanding of how such a human-machine symbiosis emerges and what theoretical frameworks underlie it. This seminar invites experts from both industry and academia in order to bring together leaders from so far independent streams of investigation to work on a coherent approach to human-machine symbiosis that engages a holistic perspective while considering also societal and ethical issues.


Society / Human-computer Interaction. Mobile Computing.


Embodiment. Mobile computing. Wearables. Bodily extensions.

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